Professional Organizers offer a wide variety of services, from designing a functional closet, to organizing a cross-country move. For homeowners, a Professional Organizer might plan and reorganize the space of a room, improve paper management, or coach in time-management and goal-setting. In a business setting, Professional Organizers work closely with their clients to increase productivity by stream-lining paper-filing, electronic organization, and employee time-management.
Finding and hiring a professional organizer is no different than choosing an accountant, personal trainer, doctor, or other service provider. Organizing and Productivity Professionals can help you achieve your short-term goals and provide you with the tools and knowledge necessary for long-term success. They can offer you judgement-free assistance by breaking down overwhelming tasks, managing your time, decluttering your living and work spaces, and putting systems in place to help you be more productive and eliminate distractions.
First, find a professional organizer who is specialized in the area you need, e.g. Residential Organizing, Team Productivity, Household Management, Life Transition, Workplace productivity, Brain-based Conditions, etc. Second, you will want to work with someone who takes the time to get to know you, understands your needs, and has the expertise and knowledge to advise you and help you achieve your goals. Third, you can go to the NAPO website, they have a public resources page which can help you find a professional organizer in your area that meets your special needs. Last, find someone you trust and helps you feel good about your goals.
The National Association of Productivity & Organizing Professionals (NAPO) has over 3,500 members worldwide dedicated to helping people and organizations bring order and efficiency to their lives. NAPO members are organizing and productivity professionals who value education and professional development and stay current on trends and advancements in the industry. All NAPO members must adhere to NAPO’s Code of Ethics, which encourage fair and equitable practices, including working with clients and colleagues, handling client confidentiality, and how they assess fees and expenses.
Certified Professional Organizers (CPOs) have proven industry proficiency by demonstrating they possess the body of knowledge and experience essential to professional organizing and productivity consulting. The CPO® credential identifies professional organizers who've documented a specific number of paid hours that include transferring organizing skills to the client, and have passed the Board of Certification for Professional Organizers (BCPO®) examination. The credential provides the organizing and productivity industry a way to elevate its professional standards. You can find the entire list of CPO professionals on the NAPO website.
We can not give specific times as it depends on the project, a little pantry or the whole house are obviously totally different. Second, it varies depending on the goal, just one time organizing or if it includes future maintenance; Last and most important, the ability of the customer to make decisions and finish ‘homework’ between hands on sessions. The quicker the customer can decide where the stuff we are organizing goes, the more work the customer can do independently, the quicker it will be.
It is difficult to tell the price of the project in advance, it depends on both the time and the supplies we use. That’s why it’s important to know the customer’s budget when we do the assessment, so we can make the plan accordingly. For example, when organizing a pantry, some people want to make it better looking, to do this we might get new sets of containers and design customized shelves. Other people might just want to make it functional and have a relatively tight budget, we will work within their budget by making the pantry functional reusing what they already have.
Organizing is a skill that anyone can learn through training and practicing. After the hands on sessions, it’s important to build a maintenance system that works for you, and stick to it. Believe in yourself, you can do it!
You can buy them for your friends and family to help them get their life and home organized. However, according to the ethic codes of NAPO, the customer who receives the services would need to give us permission to review any details of the work performed with anyone else.